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Climate Action: Local to Global

Letter from the Executive Director In West Antarctica, changes loom at a frightening pace. Last week we learned of the break off of a large iceberg on the Larsen C ice shelf (Larsen A broke off in 1995; Larsen B in 2002). Our founder Will Steger issued his statement about the split, in addition to […]

Climate Education in Action: Summer Institute 2017

Last week, we wrapped up our 12th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment! Over 50 educators from more than 10 states joined us for four impactful days of climate change education, supported by the generous contributions of our sponsors and donors. Special thanks to those […]

Cultivating Climate Leadership

Letter from the Executive Director Despite the decision by the current administration to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, we are already seeing leadership from cities, states and the private sector to fill the void in climate leadership. From Minnesota announcing it will join 12 other states to commit to the Paris accord […]

Building a better future

Letter from the Executive Director We kicked off the month with our annual donor appreciation breakfast along with over 50 supporters, where we highlighted our steadfast commitment to our vision of an equitable and resilient future for all. We know addressing climate change means not just switching our fossil fuel based energy system out for […]

Rally for the Planet

Letter from the Executive Director For the last several weeks, we’ve been feeling a greater sense of urgency as well as opportunity when it comes to advancing climate literacy and action. At the end of last month, the Trump administration began its efforts to undo President Obama’s climate policies; meanwhile, the Heartland Institute sent out […]

Lead on Climate

Letter from the Executive Director Lately I’ve been really inspired by our team, who are leading on climate in myriad ways. Four of our staff recently returned from Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps training, and they’re now working to integrate the climate science, tips on climate communications, and facts on the booming clean energy […]

Love and Resistance

Letter from the Executive Director Love and resistance are a powerful combination. Of late, I have been inspired by the passion, creativity, and sheer number of public events highlighting the resistance to rollbacks of our country’s progress on so many issues, including climate policy. I am also motivated by the show of support from the […]

Here and now

Letter from the Executive Director Following the tragic news across our country these last few weeks, and wrestling with feelings of grief and heartache, I’ve been struck by the urgency of two key words: here and now. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel paralyzed by these tragedies, but we know our work remains critical […]

Sparking climate conversations

Letter from the Executive Director I remember reading an article called “What the Warming World Needs Now Is Art, Sweet Art” by Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, where he wrote that although we knew about climate change, we didn’t really know about it; it wasn’t part of the culture yet. An intellectual understanding of the […]

Telling Our Climate Stories

Letter from the Executive Director This month kicked off with our annual donor appreciation breakfast at Red Stag, where supporters learned through storytelling how our work has been influenced by the Paris climate agreement. Our staff’s stories brought COP21 to life again, while connecting the experience of the UN conference with our climate change programming […]